Biographical Notes re

Robert H. (Bob) Weisburn


While at Mather, I realized that the 20-10 rule (20 years active duty of which 10 were served as an officer) would influence my retirement rank. The Senior Master Sergeant in personnel failed to forward my recommendation for promotion because he thought I was getting out of the service. I contacted the Colonel in Colorado regarding my promotion and he told me to volunteer for a period of service as an active duty Tech Sergeant and they would push through my promotion to Major in the Reserves. This was done and in the following year, I got my promotion to Major and was eligible to retire with 25 years service. Looking back on my military experience, I have attended all of the photo, armament, flexible gunnery, remote gunnery, and supply schools the USAF had to offer.

T/Sgt. Robert Weisburn was a member of the Mather AFB Pistol Team.

I completed 25 years service in November, 1966, with a record of having been three times in enlisted status and three times as an officer. I would call that an interesting military career with lots of variety. I found that the old saying “never volunteer” was not really true, for me. I volunteered a number of times when the opportunities presented themselves and I never regretted having done so. I miss my service life and would do it all over again, given the opportunity and the youthful body and mind to go with it. In the military, the opportunities are there if one just takes advantage of them. I believe this is even more true in the modern military than it was in my earlier experience. There is always some bad with the good and, as in civilian life, it is a matter of sorting it all out and moving on.

Major Robert H. Weisburn receives his certificate of appreciation and retirement at Mather AFB, CA, November 1, 1966.

After retiring from the military, I worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Auburn Washington and Seattle from 1968 into 1970. When I applied for work, they had me on the job in Quality Control the next day. Boeing went through a down-sizing exercise and I was laid off. I then accepted employment with Continental Can Corporation in Quality Control. I eventually resigned from that work when they gave me “Red Time” for refusing to work overtime. “Red Time” was a mark against future promotions.

I eventually purchased property in the Mansfield, Washington, area where my wife and I have participated in a farm/ranch operation since that time. My memories of my military career and resulting experiences and associations are all very positive, and I would only wish that I could do it all over again.

All the best to you.

Bob Weisburn

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